At Fladgate, we take our responsibilities as a corporate citizen very seriously and are committed to conforming to the highest ethical, professional and legal standards in all facets of our business.
Throughout the organisation there is strong and growing interest in running our business in the most sustainable manner, in harmony with and contributing to our community, while also minimising the environmental impact of our activities.
Environmental considerations played a critical part in our relocation and we are proud to occupy a building that is rated “excellent” against the BREEAM Environmental Assessment Method.
Our purchasing and procurement processes are also shaped by environmental considerations and, at an everyday level, we are committed to minimising our environmental footprint. We are active recyclers and strive to control our energy consumption. We encourage our people to travel by public transport and provide facilities for the large numbers of staff who run, walk and cycle to work.
Being a “responsible” employer is important to us and we are keen for our people to take up roles and responsibilities that contribute to the health and success of the communities in which we live and work. Many of our partners and staff are actively involved with charities as trustees and fundraisers. Some perform high-profile roles within large international charities, while others serve their local communities as school governors and volunteers.
We were delighted that our colleague Andrew Kaufman, now a corporate consultant and prior to that a corporate partner for many years, received an MBE in the 2018 New Year Honours list for services to Holocaust education. Andrew is awarded the honour in recognition of his contribution to the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), a national charity that delivers social, welfare and volunteer services to Jewish victims of Nazi oppression living in Great Britain. As Chairman, Andrew has been at the forefront in the development of the AJR’s charitable institutional grant-making. Alongside this, Andrew has been a leading advocate of the creation and development of the AJR’s ground-breaking Refugee Voices testimony archive, a collection of 225 transcribed interviews with refugees and survivors that have been recorded for study and posterity for future generations. We are immensely proud of Andrew and all that he has achieved with the AJR and are delighted that his work is being recognised in such a way.
Another of our partners, Sunil Sheth, has been a trustee of Sense International since 2004 and is currently chair of this important charity, which supports children and young adults who suffer the double disability of being both deaf and blind. Sunil is responsible for the governance of the charity and is also involved in fundraising activities. One of the events hosted at Fladgate’s offices was attended by the charity’s patron, the Princess Royal.
Sunil is also involved with the Hospice Biographers, a recently established charity that offers terminally ill patients the chance to have their life stories professionally recorded so that their families will be able to hear their voices and memories for generations to come. Fladgate was delighted to host the launch event for the Hospice Biographers at the end of 2017.
Our construction team has provided pro bono advice to Merlin’s Magic Wand, a worldwide children’s charity.
Construction partner Barry Hembling supported MMW with their project to create a SEA LIFE themed sensory room at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton. The room is fitted with specialist equipment to create an under-the-sea multi-sensory experience for young patients to use as both a learning and therapeutic area. Our involvement included advice and reviewing various legal documents to ensure, from a construction law perspective, that the works were carried out safely and in accordance with legislation.
Our CSR group raises considerable money for charities and offers support to initiatives that benefit others. Each year, our staff select a number of charities to be the focus of the firm’s charitable fundraising. Our CSR committee, which comprises representatives from all areas of the firm, organises a range of events and activities to support these organisations. Recent events include baking competitions and cake sales, chocolate tastings, Christmas jumper days, raffles, quizzes and sponsored runs and bike rides.
Our 2019 charities are Richard House (registered charity number 1059029) and Whizz Kids (registered charity number 802872).
Our 2018 charities were Rhythms of Life (registered charity number 1125016) and Action for Children (registered charity number 1097940).
Our 2017 charities were Dementia UK (registered charity number 1039404) and Haven House (registered charity number 1044296).
Our 2016 charities were Mind (registered charity number 219830) and St Mungo’s (registered charity number 1149085).
Other charities supported by the firm include:
Additional projects planned for 2017 include mentoring schemes with IntoUniversity and The University of Law
We also have a very active knitting group, which provides garments for various premature baby units.
We have also supported Smart Works and Suited & Booted with various clothing collections.